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The Justiciability of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in the African Regional Human Rights System

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ISBN13: 9781780680873
Published: March 2013
Publisher: Intersentia Publishers
Country of Publication: Belgium
Format: Paperback
Price: £81.00



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The judicial and quasi-judicial enforceability of economic, social and cultural (ESC) rights has for long been disputed based on some flawed characterizations of the rights and concerns about the role of adjudication in addressing issues of socio-economic development. Underscoring the generally poor socio-economic conditions in most African states, this book argues that the justiciability of ESC rights in the African regional human rights system plays a subsidiary role in ensuring social justice and the accountability of public authorities in the states of the continent. It marries theory and practice relating to the normative, institutional and procedural aspects of the justiciability of ESC rights in exploring the actual and potential relevance of the African human rights system to the amelioration of impoverishment, disease, illiteracy, homelessness, starvation, marginalization and other related problems that may be framed in terms of violations of ESC rights. ‘This is a fine book and a rewarding read. In a unique way the author manages to combine his thorough knowledge about the regional human rights system in Africa and the comparative constitutional law of African countries with in-depth expertise and insight in international human rights law and theories about justiciability. Therefore, reading this book will be a learning experience for everyone.’ Prof. Martin Scheinin, Professor of Public International Law, Department of Law, European University Institute ‘This book is a welcome addition to the growing literature about the justiciability of economic, social and cultural rights from the perspective of international human rights law. It shows that developments in the African regional system have the potential of adding new ideas and pathways for making these rights concrete and meaningful for victims. The book is an important contribution to the academic discourse about strengthening the legal status of economic, social and cultural rights at the international level.